More Popular Pets in 2022


Second on the list of most popular pets in 2022 is the cat. With about 58 million cats in homes in the United States, these beloved (but somewhat less understood) creatures retain their solid ranking in second place.

The feline species also has a long standing history with humans. Like dogs, they bring a sense of companionship and love into our homes that is hard to replace. It is very likely that our cat patients will retain their reign near the top of the most popular pets for 2022.

Lower down the list becomes a little less predictable, though. Over the last year, we’ve noticed increases in the less traditional pet populations. Traditionally, fish come in third, followed by birds, and then reptiles. 

We predict that we will continue to see the reptile-owning pet lover population grow, and perhaps 2022 is the year for the reptile to beat out birds as the number four on the list of popular pets in the United States. 

One thing is clear, though, our pets have helped us through the pandemic. No matter if your critter of choice is a dog or cat, bird or lizard, it is likely that they will continue to help you through 2022 as well. please let us know  if we can be of any help in your pet-owning journey this year. We are here for that.

An Oldie But a Goodie

It’s hard to unseat a champion. With over 76 million dogs in homes in 2021 and about 38% of households owning one according to AVMA statistics, canines continue to be the pet of choice for Americans. 

We predict that the dog will continue to top the charts for most popular pets in 2022. There are some really compelling reasons why:

  • Dogs are generally friendly
  • They enjoy our company
  • They are easy to train
  • They statistically decrease loneliness and improve our mental health
  • Dogs encourage us to get up and moving
  • They make us laugh
  • They encourage us to be social
  • Dogs lower stress levels

Dogs have long history of being faithful companions to people, and we don’t see that changing any time soon. 

Pets are part of the family. Pets are wellness companions, protectors, or best friends, sometimes all three. People are spending more money on their pets, and this is reflected in the growing pet industry. While this is likely a good thing for our pets, those spending patterns are also good news for people who own businesses catering to the pet industry because the market size is expected to increase substantially over the coming years.

The increasing pet spending trends are not limited to food and treats; the growing number of pet industry trends has branched out to pet health and wellness, grooming, and accessories. Let’s take a detailed look at some of the major pet industry statistics.

The global pet market is worth $261 billion.

 (Global Industry Analysts)

The pet industry is not only growing in the United States but also on an international scale. The COVID-19 pandemic forced more people to stay indoors or work from home. This led to a higher demand for pets as companions, driving up adoption rates. This increase in pet adoptions assisted with the financial growth of different pet industry branches: food, veterinary care, toys, and grooming needs. With the global market worth currently close to $261 billion, it is projected to reach roughly $350 billion by 2027.

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